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Old 05-03-2015, 16:12   #1
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My name is Chris_L and I'm a 47 year old male who was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I'm 5'11" and currently weigh 400 lbs and I'm shocked that I was able to avoid Diabetes for as long as I did.

My fasting glucose runs in the 130's so I'm in the early stages of the disease and have time to do something about it.

I've lost significant amounts of weight at two different times in my life, both by eating a very low-fat, highly processed carbohydrate diet. Unfortunately, I now have to come to grips with the knowledge that the one strategy I know works for me is very unhealthy.

Diet is, by far, my biggest obstacle. I enjoy exercising but at my current weight, I don't do it often because just walking across a room hurts. If I can get my diet in check and drop as little as 40-50 lbs, I'll become much more active. I was surprised, and a little disappointed, that there isn't a specific sub-forum here for exercise.

Anyway, I look forward to learning more from the folks on this board and I'm excited to be here.

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Old 05-03-2015, 16:18   #2
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I forgot to mention that my doctor did prescribe Metformin but I haven't been taking it due to side-effects. I've been derailed by gall bladder surgery last month and then a staph infection and haven't gotten back with him on alternative medications. I prefer the diet and exercise solution but I haven't been successful in doing either consistently.

I don't see a way to edit my original post so I had to "reply". Maybe that's a function that will be unlocked once I post five times?

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Welcome to the club Chris, I am really sorry to have you in it but you are not alone. Others will chime in here but let me give you a little advise, listen to this group and follow the LCHF way of life and you WILL get your life back. I came to this forum about 9 months ago and it has totally changed my life.

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Perhaps you should place more emphasis on eating less, and changing the types of food you eat, rather than exercise.

You need to make fundamental changes in your eating habits, and perhaps adopt a less food-centered lifestyle.

Exercise is not magic, but the right diet is. What you have been doing is, obviously, not the solution.

Also, a fasting reading is, by itself, not especially useful. Buy a meter and strips and begin a systematic testing regimen.

Others will be along with more.

If you have the will, and the commitment, this site can set you on the path to control, and much better health.

Stick around, and we'll get you "tuned up".

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Exercise is great and good for you in many ways but diet is key in weight loss and blood sugar control. You may be interested in the following article;
Overeating Sugar And Carbs Causes Obesity, Not Inactivity; 'You Can't Outrun A Bad Diet'

Our main interest here is controlling blood sugar and with a low carb, high fat diet most find that it does a great job and weight loss is part of the benefit. As a new member you will benefit from checking out :
LCHF for Beginners - DietDoctor.com

And for a very good site on Diabetes:
Blood Sugar 101

Please check out these sites to answer many questions on how to control diabetes.

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Hello Chris. If you've read this far, you realize that we're telling you a lot of things that run contrary to what you've learned and believed before. I have to disagree with you about your previous strategy having worked . . . it obviously didn't or you wouldn't have regained the weight.

Now you have another reason to alter your lifestyle, and as the others have said, exercise has next to nothing to do with it. It's nice if we can exercise, but many of us can't due to physical limitations. What you eat is of paramount importance, and when you eat right, you'll be able to control your blood sugar and the weight loss will follow whether you exercise or not.

We can assuredly help you if you can tolerate the failings of our forum which you've already named and others you may notice now or later - and just stick around to hear us out. Try to understand that we are not like other forums you have visited . . . in fact we go to great lengths to be different from other forums, so save yourself the frustration and don't even compare us to others.

You've already been given links to the cornerstones of our success and here is one last link to the one main method we advocate: Eat to Your Meter. This is essential, and it is the only way to manage your high blood sugar successfully, regardless of what your doctor or other medical professionals say. You must test your blood sugar many times a day until you learn which foods you tolerate and which ones are unacceptable. This needs to be your own personalized list - not something somebody else tells you. As the instructions explain, you tailor this list to your own preferences and tolerances. It requires a lot of work in the beginning, but as you recognize the problem areas, and begin to see improvement in your blood sugar levels as well as weight loss, you'll prob'ly be able to back off on testing quite so much as you get accustomed to the lifestyle.




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Welcome, Chris

You come to a great place to help you gain control over your diabetes. The members here are determined to keep their BG level as close to normal as they can in order to avoid developing diabetes complications. To this end, we have found that what we eat is paramount to gaining control.

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I've been derailed by gall bladder surgery last month and then a staph infection and haven't gotten back with him on alternative medications. I prefer the diet and exercise solution but I haven't been successful in doing either consistently.
1) Gall bladder issue: I also had my gall bladder removed many years ago. I did fine for a number of years but when I began to increase fats with the LCHF (low-carb/high-fat) way of eating, I had some issues. I find that taking bile salts is very helpful when I take them after a meal. So if you decide to embrace LCHF and find you're experiencing intestinal issues when you increase fats, look for Ox Bile - 125mg and 500mg (I do fine with the 125mg).

2) Diet and exercise isn't working because the low-fat/high-carb/starvation way of eating doesn't work for diabetes. Since its carbohydrates that directly impact rising blood sugar levels, it makes sense to avoid this type of food as much as possible. In order not to starve and to have a source of fuel other than carbs, one needs to increase fats, which then are the fuel source for our bodies and do not impact blood sugar levels.

There are significant "side effects" of eating LCHF - excess weight comes off effortlessly and one doesn't feel hungry all the time; cholesterol levels normalize and so does blood pressure.

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Thanks for the greetings, information and encouragement!

I'm very well read and knowledgeable in regards to the different approaches to a healthy diet and have Dr. Bernstein's book, which I assume is highly regarded here. Where I fail is in implementation and this website was recommended on another non-diabetes forum as a no-nonsense, real world take on diabetes control. My hope is that reading and participating on a board where many members have been successful can take me beyond simple knowledge and into the world of realistic and practical application.

I plan to spend a lot of time in the diet section because, as I mentioned, that's the hardest part for me. I don't eat a lot of sweets, my weakness is fast food. I hope to find recipes and strategies (particularly for lunch on the go) that will help me to be successful.

I will review all of the information at the links provided, particularly the "eat to your meter" link, which is not something I've ever pursued in a strict manner, although Dr. Bernstein really emphasizes it.

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Chris, I sure hope you stick around here and read the threads - the other members' introduction threads are an inspiration as you follow their journey from out-of-control and high BG to low and stable BG. I come here every day and it is a good way to keep motivated.

Now.... go out and buy a couple pounds of bacon and a dozen eggs! They're on your menu now.

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I don't eat a lot of sweets, my weakness is fast food.
And this is where all the confusion comes in . . . conventional wisdom has made this all about sweets all these years. So diabetics have been made out to be people who just can't eat sugar - can't have desserts - have to give up sweets.

Sweets aren't the problem. Consider this: 100g of sugar has 100g of carbohydrate, right? Demon sugar. But let's have a look at one of the world's most basic foods - consumed at every meal in some cultures and in large quantities - that would be rice. 100g grams of rice has 80g of carbohydrate. So just being sweet doesn't make things any worse than other foods. The demons, as it were, are grains. Corn, wheat, oats, rice, barley, etc., and anything made with these products, i.e. bread, pasta, porridge, etc.

So your fast foods prob'ly consist of fillings & toppings served in buns, tortillas, pizza crusts, and a host of other conveyances made from grain. Unless, of course, you've taken a fancy to the loaded baked potatoes which have made an appearance on the fast food market in recent years. That's what's wrecking your blood sugar - all of those wonderful vehicles that aren't sweet at all, but are still loaded with carbs.

Follow VeeJay's advice and load up on bacon & eggs. But NO GRAINS. No toast, no bagel, no muffin, and no hashbrowns either.

What are some of your favorite fast foods? Tell us your worst vices.




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